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80 thread.barrier

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% Copyright (C) 2005, 2014 Mission Critical IT.
% Copyright (C) 2014 The Mercury team.
% This file may only be copied under the terms of the GNU Library General
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% File: thread.barrier.m
% Original author: Peter Ross
% Stability: low
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% This module provides a barrier implementation.
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% A barrier is a position in a program that any thread (of N threads) must
% be suspended at until all the other threads (of N) reach the same
% position.
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% Barriers are represented by calls to barrier/3 (defined below). Different
% code locations can belong to the same conceptual barrier using values of
% type barrier. The same code location can also be used by multiple
% barriers by supplying different values.
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:- module thread.barrier.
:- interface.

:- import_module io.

:- type barrier.

    % init(N, Barrier, !IO)
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    % Create a barrier for N threads.
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:- pred init(int::in, barrier::out, io::di, io::uo) is det.

    % wait(Barrier, !IO)
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    % Indicate that the current thread has reached the barrier. Throws a
    % software_error/1 exception if this barrier has been used by more than
    % N threads.
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:- pred wait(barrier::in, io::di, io::uo) is det.

    % release_barrier(Barrier, !IO)
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    % Release all the threads waiting at the barrier regardless of whether
    % or not N threads have arrived at the barrier. This can be called by
    % any thread, it does not have to be a thread that would normally call
    % wait/3.
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:- pred release(barrier::in, io::di, io::uo) is det.

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